Assaulted Tanzanian was in killer car, claim cops

'Student cooked up story after she was let off '

Assaulted Tanzanian was in killer car, claim cops
The case of assault and molestation of a Tanzanian girl student has taken a new twist with the police claiming that she was in the very car driven by a Sudanese national that fatally knocked down a woman on Hesaraghatta Main Road in north Bengaluru on Sunday night.

The Tanzanian student, in her complaint on February 3, stated that the mob had attacked her and her friends, and stoned their car when they were going to get something to eat. She had claimed that she was unaware of the accident.

However, a police inspector who claimed to be on the spot on Sunday night, said that the Tanzanian student was among the four people who were in the car that caused the accident. After they pleaded, the police let her and the two others go. The African students assured the police that they would come back for questioning the next day in connection with the accident, the officer said.

“I was one of the officers who was on the spot. Though I belong to a neighbouring station, I rushed to the spot as I have often dealt with such incidents involving African students. We subjected car driver Mohammad Ahad to alcometer test. We presumed that the incident might take a serious turn and let the three others go. We trusted her and thought that she would come back. We never imagined that she would backtrack and cook up a story,” he said.

The officer claimed that the mob pushed her down when she attempted to rescue Ahad. Some people warned her not to intervene.

The police also claimed that she “narrated the truth” when she met her college principal the next day. She is a fourth year degree student at Acharya NRV School of Architecture.

Meanwhile, sources told Deccan Herald that she had also told a senior IPS officer that she was in the car that caused the accident. Juma Charles, a student of Aerospace at Alliance University, said the Tanzanian girl was in a different car that passed through the accident spot 20 minutes after the accident.

Asked about the presence of the Tanzanian woman in the car which caused the accident and if she was in an inebriated state as claimed by the officer, Bosco Kaweesi, legal advisor, All African Students’ Union, Bengaluru, told Deccan Herald: “If at all she was present in the car that caused the accident, the people saying this should prove that. Also, if she was drunk, let them come out with an alcohol test certificate.”

Vice-President of Cameroon Students’ Association said: “I don’t think the police version is true. What has come in media is a fact.”
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